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GENERAL TIPS ON DEALING WITH MOUTH AND BODY ODOUR: It is not very often that

GENERAL TIPS ON DEALING WITH MOUTH AND BODY ODOUR: It is not very often that

you have a friend who will be bold enough to tell you that your breathe or body is exuding an offensive odour. A lot of times they do not want you to feel embarrassed and they will rather endure the odour than tell you or even in a subtle way try to offer you solutions. You may wonder, if I smell that bad, how come I cannot perceive it. We tend to get used to our own smells so it’s hard for a person to tell if he or she has bad breathe or body odour.

BODY ODOURS
Body smells are caused by a number of factors working together, including chemicals in sweat e.g. pheromones, which are made by the body and sexually attract (or repel) other people, wastes excreted through the skin; the actions of bacteria that live on the skin and feed on dead skin cells and sweat and smells that may emanate from unwashed clothes.
One of the ways to keep clean is to bath or shower every day using a mild soap and warm water. This will help tremendously. If you’re concerned about the way your underarms smell, you can try using deodorants/
antiperspirants. Wearing clean clothes, socks, and underwear each day can also help you to feel clean and prevent bad odours. If you sweat a lot, you might find that shirts, T-shirts, socks, and underwear made from cotton or other natural materials will help absorb sweat more effectively.

BAD BREATHE, OR HALITOSIS

Bad breathe, or halitosis can be a major problem especially when you want to whisper a joke to your friend. The good news is that bad breathe can often be prevented by taking some simple steps. Bad breathe is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don’t brush or floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The compounds released by these bacteria make your breathe smell.
Certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions that contain pungent oils, can contribute to bad breathe because the oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath. Mouthwash only gets rid of bad breath temporarily. If you do use mouthwash, look for one that has both an antiseptic component (that will kill the germs that cause bad breath) and a plaque-reducing property. It will be wise to ask your dentist for recommendations.
To sufficiently clean all the surfaces of your teeth, you should brush for at least 2 minutes at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue, too — bacteria love to hang out there. It’s equally important to floss because brushing alone won’t remove harmful plaque and food particles that become stuck between your teeth and gums.
While we are at it, let’s share a word or two on care of your toothbrush. It is advised that you allow your toothbrush to dry out between uses. Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs; fungus and bacteria, which can build up to significant levels after a while. After using your toothbrush, shake it vigorously under tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can air out.
To prevent cold and flu viruses from being passed between brushes, try to keep your toothbrush from touching others when it is stored. A standard toothbrush holder with slots for several brushes to hang upright is a worthwhile investment in your family’s health.
Most dentists agree you should change your toothbrush every three months. Studies show that after three months your toothbrush is much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones. The bristles also break down and are not as effective in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth.
It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat. That’s because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and lead to re-infection.
Do note that even if you haven’t been sick, fungus and bacteria can develop in the bristles of your toothbrush —another reason to change your toothbrush regularly.
When you talk, you tend to bring out the odors from the back of your mouth (where bad breath originates), which simply breathing doesn’t do.
If you brush and floss properly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings, but your bad breath persists, you may have a medical problem like sinusitis or gum disease. See your doctor or dentist if you suspect a problem and they can help you take care of it.
Dr Adenike Ojumu – Health Editor

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